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Counterpoint
     

Counterpoint

Director: Ralph Nelson,

Cast: Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell, Kathryn Hays

 
The beauty of classical music confronts the ugliness and treachery of war in this unusual drama. Lionel Evans (Charlton Heston) is the director of a well-respected symphony orchestra touring European concert halls in 1944. In the midst of one concert, the city where they are playing is attacked by German troops, and as Evans and his musicians try to escape, they are

Overview

The beauty of classical music confronts the ugliness and treachery of war in this unusual drama. Lionel Evans (Charlton Heston) is the director of a well-respected symphony orchestra touring European concert halls in 1944. In the midst of one concert, the city where they are playing is attacked by German troops, and as Evans and his musicians try to escape, they are captured by Nazi soldiers led by Col. Arndt (Anton Diffring). Evans and the orchestra are taken to a castle where they are to bide their time before being executed; but it turns out that Arndt's superior, Gen. Schiller (Maximilian Schell), is a classical music buff. Schiller commands Evans and his symphony to prepare a special concert for the Nazis, but Evans realizes that the moment the concert is over, he and his musicians will be killed. The orchestra's performances, which include works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, and Schubert, were performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Counterpoint is a ridiculous film, and one need only look at the casting to see that it was doomed to be thus. In no world could Charlton Heston ever conceivably play an orchestra conductor. Heston's miscasting alone is not responsible for Counterpoint being the dreadful mess that it is, but it's indicative of the wrong thinking that went into the creation of the film. Heston is visibly uncomfortable at the podium, but the bigger problem is his overwrought acting style in general; in Biblical epics, it can approximate an appropriate grandeur, but here it just seems like to so much shouting and gnashing of teeth. Maximilian Schell comes off somewhat better, but his performance is still nothing to write home about. The screenplay, though, is the bigger problem, a mass of clichés and terrible dialogue that is simply unsalvageable. Ralph Nelson's direction is dull, never a good thing but especially detrimental in this case. The only good things about the movie are Russell Metty's cinematography and the beautiful music supplied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2014
UPC:
0025192163517
Original Release:
1967
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
12,722

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Lionel Evans
Maximilian Schell Schiller
Kathryn Hays Annabelle
Leslie Nielsen Victor
Anton Diffring Arndt
Linden Chiles Long
Peter Masterson Calloway
Curt Lowens Klingemnan
Neva Patterson Dorothy
Cyril Delevanti Tartzoff
Gregory Morton Jordon
Parley Baer Hook
Ed Peck Prescott
Dan Frazer Chaminant
Ralph Nelson Belgian Officer
Armande Saint-Jean Host
Arthur Garmaise Host

Technical Credits
Ralph Nelson Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Dick Berg Producer
David Bloomberg Producer
Howard G. Epstein Editor
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
James Lee Screenwriter
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Joel Oliansky Screenwriter
Edgar Sarton Screenwriter

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